The major exhibition on the master of design at the Milan Triennale, curated by Patricia Urquiola with Federica Sala

Triennale di Milano,

5 ottobre 2018 – 20 gennaio 2019



In occasione del centenario dalla sua nascita, la Triennale di Milano dedica ad Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002), uno dei più importanti maestri del design italiano, una grande mostra monografica, di Patricia Urquiola Patricia Urquiola in collaborazione con Federica Sala.

Triennale di Milano,

5 October 2018 – 20 January 2019

For the centennial of his birth, the Triennale di Milano produces a major exhibition on one of the most important masters of Italian design, Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002), curated by Patricia Urquiola in collaboration with Federica Sala.

The show analyzes the work of Castiglioni in a versatile way, across his design and architecture, his installations and exhibit designs.

In this case the exhibit design is by Patricia Urquiola, an architect and designer who began her career with Castiglioni (taking a degree at the Milan Polytechnic in 1989 with Castiglioni as her advisor), and has moved forward with his legacy, based on the ability to surprise people through design.

Achille Castiglioni was undoubtedly one of the founding fathers of the profession and the Italian design system. His commitment continues today in the activities of the Fondazione Achille Castiglioni.

Castiglioni’s terse, simple approach filled with curiosity and wit has become a design method that has been passed on to subsequent generations.

Achille Castiglioni created over 400 temporary set-ups for exhibitions and fairs while working with countless companies in the design sector, including Alessi, Brionvega, B&B Italia, BBB Bonacina, Cimbali, Danese, Driade, De Padova, Flos, Cassina, Moroso, Knoll International, Kartell, Zanotta.

The products he created – until 1968 in collaboration with his brothers Livio and above all Pier Giacomo – are still in production today, to a great extent, and are often ranked as bestsellers, thanks to an ability to gain inspiration from everyday life and transform it, approaching the relationship between form and function with infectious irony.

To narrate this very active and timeless figure, the show is not organized in a schematic or chronological way, but presents Castiglioni’s work through a series of settings of content that often overlap or intersect. A map of macro and micro-concepts that return in his projects, arrayed in space without hierarchy or linear progression.

The projects are thus grouped into 20 clusters in relation to one another, in order to narrate the approach of Castiglioni to design and method, inside his various fields of action: from product design to large works of architecture, by way of the many emblematic installations he created during the course of his career.


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Achille Castiglioni e Imperiale, 1983